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District Attorney: 3 Mass. high school students arrested for sexual assault


OTIS, Mass. -- Three Somerville, Massachusetts high school students have been arrested in connection to an alleged sexual assault that took place in Otis this past weekend.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless says a 17-year-old and two 16 year old juvenile males were arrested Friday by Massachusetts State Police Detectives.

According to Capeless, the incident occurred at Camp Lenox in Otis, Mass. where the city of Somerville had rented the facility for team-building activities for its fall sports teams.  It is alleged that the defendants, juniors at Somerville High School, entered a cabin occupied by freshman students Sunday, August 25th and assaulted three victims. 

Somerville Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi says he was told about the incident on Tuesday after a coach was contacted by a parent.

"I immediately conducted a meeting and my staff instantly determined that the report was credible," he says.

"I want to extend my appreciation to the Somerville school authorities and coaches, who acted quickly and appropriately when they became aware of these allegations," Capeless said in a statement.

"We will continue to provide any resources and information the District Attorney's office requires as this investigation continues," the Somerville superintendent and town mayor said in a jointly released this statement. "Right now we are focused on continuing to provide the support services to students, parents and our community needed for Somerville to come together and heal."

The 17-year-old has been charged with:

  • One count of aggravated rape of a child under 16
  • Two counts of assault with intent to rape a child under 16
  • One count of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained 14 years of age
  • Three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon
  • Three counts of intimidation of a witness or other person

"He's been charged with a crime by authorities, and my client emphatically maintains his innocence," said William Korman, the defendant's attorney.

He will be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court, in Pittsfield on Tuesday. The juvenile males will be were arraigned in Berkshire Juvenile Court, in Pittsfield, on similar charges.




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